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How to Style Outfits for Plus Size Bodies

Celebrate your style at any size with these fashion tips and outfit ideas for plus size bodies

A tall, plus-sized woman wears a blue dress, sneakers, and accessories.

There’s no denying that the fashion industry still has a long way to go when it comes to size inclusivity and offering more representation of fuller bodies and plus-sized models. It can be challenging to style looks if you’re not used to seeing fashionable representations of your body type or inspiration for plus-size outfits.

However, a few key tips and tricks can make it easier for you to style your outfits and put together different looks, including:

Dress your body for the plus size it is

The best thing you can do for yourself is to dress your body for the size it is, not the size it was or the size you want it to be. Your body deserves to be celebrated and enjoyed in its present form, and dressing for your current size is the easiest way to do that. If you have clothes that are too big or too tight, you’re going to be uncomfortable as you guard yourself against being seen.

Let go of the urge to conceal and hide

This brings us to the next tip: let go of the urge to conceal and hide your body behind clothes. Oversized clothing, multiple layers, different prints, dark colors, or really anything that makes your body hide could be hurting you more than you realize. It may be scary, but remember that less is more.

This doesn’t, however, mean you need to show skin to look good. You can still maintain your personal boundaries and cover up without concealing.

Choose fabrics that flatter your body

Another big factor to think about is fabric. You should choose fabrics that flatter your body and give you the right definition. Chiffons, georgette, viscose, and linen are some of the best options out there because they fall on the body effortlessly as compared to polyester and other thicker, harsher fabrics. These fabrics are lightweight, easy to style, and can be worn in various ways for regular or plus size bodies.

Pick silhouettes and cuts based on body shape

The silhouette of your clothes is another factor to think about, especially for curvier plus size bodies. We know that all bodies are not the same, and some people may have heavier tops, while others have wider hips and thighs, and others still may be more balanced.

In that, it’s important to identify the silhouette that works best for your body’s plus size shape and type. For instance, a form-fitted waist and flowier bottom would be more flattering for pear shapes, but a looser waist and more fitted pants would work better for apple shapes.

Don’t be afraid to tailor pieces to fit right

A pro plus size tip is to befriend a tailor or seamstress or develop some nip and tuck skills of your own. This will really help you alter pieces that aren’t fitting quite right and need a bit of an adjustment, such as a cinch, hemming, neckline adjustment, and other changes that can transform an outfit instantly.

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